Contacting the TBF and Working conditions
As the TBF continues to operate remotely from home the TBF office is currently unmanned, therefore, calls are not being answered. During this time and until further notice all contact with the TBF should be done so by email to email@example.com. All receipts, forms and documents should be emailed to this address rather than posting to avoid any delay.
During this time, TBF will endeavour to operate to its fullest potential, however, with limited resources and no access to the office, requests will take longer to process.
All TBF Organisers (staff who visit Depots and garages) are currently still unable to attend all public transport sites without appointment or invitation. If any public transport employee wants to join TBF they still can via the TBF website here.
TBF’s priority is to help members experiencing financial hardship for a period of two-weeks or more as a result of reduced pay/wages or reduced hours due to no work as well as helping with requests that meet the normal criteria for sickness.
1st April 2021
Membership fee price increase
From 1 April 2021, the current membership fee has risen to £1.25 per week. Rob Jones, TBF Chair, explains below as to why this rise was necessary and the Trustees reasoning behind it.
“Having sat on the board as a trustee for 10 years, I can assure you that this decision was an extremely tough one. The membership fee has not increased since 1994 and everyone involved with TBF is enormously proud of the fact that we have been able to continue to offer such an extensive range of benefits whilst keeping the fee at just £1.00 a week for so many years. This is, in part, thanks to well-managed investments, the gradual growth in membership and generous donations. The fund currently has more than 66,500 members. In the 12-month period ending 31 March 2020, TBF paid £2.9m in benefits to its members which really does illustrate the relevance of the fund’s work. Unfortunately, it has been clear for some time that further monies would be required due to the inevitable rise in costs year-on-year. However, we feel that an extra 25p a week is a remarkably modest increase given the wide range of benefits available to TBF members.
On the positive side, just an extra 25p per week has allowed us to offer increased benefit allowances as well as cover the shortfall. £1.25 per week equates to less than 20p per day and that’s great value-for-money when compared with the cost of a morning coffee, for instance.
Current TBF Members need take no further action if you wish to remain a member with us, your increased deductions will continue through your company’s payroll system. However, if you choose not to pay it, please instruct your payroll office and request your deduction to TBF to cease with immediate affect. I am confident that the majority of our members will appreciate the value of TBF membership and will be fully supportive of this decision, and will wish to continue with their membership. TBF is all about helping people, people in the public transport industry, people like you, and the future for the fund and its members is extremely promising. Thank you for your continued support, enabling TBF to carry on its good work in helping public transport workers who find themselves in need, hardship and distress.”
1st September 2020
More funds made available for TBF benefits
There is no doubt that in the current challenging times there are going to be even more instances of need, hardship, and distress amongst our members and their families. In an effort to try and ease this need, the Fund Trustees have agreed to an increase in the amount of benefit payable for our wide range of complementary and alternative therapies. Therefore, each member, their partner, and dependent children now have access to two different types of therapies in a rolling 12 month period (as before) but the amount for each is raised to £300.
TBF has been providing help and support to those working in the public transport industry for 97 years. We currently have more than 68,000 members and their needs are very different from those back in 1923. It is a sad fact that even in the 21st century there are still cases of need, hardship, and distress amongst those working within the industry. This is best illustrated by the fact that, during the past 12 months, awards to members have been more than £2.9 million.
1st September 2020
Update on massage benefit removal
The Trustees have had to make the very difficult decision of no longer offering massage as a benefit. Sometime ago, office- based staff discovered a series of attempted fraudulent claims for massage; these are not always easy to detect. This has created a hugely increased workload as claims staff have to double-check the validity of every single request and this situation is no longer workable. Our principal concern is to ensure that beneficiaries who are off sick and experiencing hardship, receive their grants on time. Therefore, massage is no longer available as a benefit, although members with a massage benefit claim already open will continue to receive reimbursement until the full £250 is exhausted.
We will, of course, continue to offer chiropractic and osteopathy treatments and physiotherapy, so members will have other options for treatment if the need should arise.
The budget allocated for the massage benefit will now be redistributed within the sickness hardship grant budget and other therapy treatments.